LICENCE TO THRILL?

Two of Scotland's biggest gig promoters head a consortium chasing a newly-available licence...

Two of Scotland’s biggest gig promoters are submitting a joint bid to create the country’s first rock station – and they’re getting backing from bands including Hives, MUSE and Idlewild.

T In The Park promoters DF Concerts, who also own Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and CPL, who run Glasgow’s Garage and Cathouse – Scotland’s biggest rock club, with 4,000 members subscribed for its under-18s rock club alone – are heading a consortium chasing a newly-available licence in the West of Scotland. The interested group also includes Barfly and radio operators GWR, who run digital rock station Storm.

The station, which would be called FM105.2 The Storm, has been given backing

by the aforementioned bands and the Musicians’ Union.

Geoff Ellis, of DF Concerts, told NME.COM that their research showed a massive

gap in the market for a rock station in Scotland. He added: “It’s a station that would play Foo Fighters and [a][/a] alongside Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

“Between CPL and DF, we have great resources in terms of bands coming to Scotland. We will also have an emphasis on grassroots talent and unsigned bands in Scotland.”

They are up against competition from numerous other bidders, including SAGA radio, which would be aimed at SAGA’s pensioner market, and a country music station.

“I’m sure NME and NME.COM readers would much rather have a rock station than SAGA, so

we’d love them to send us letters voicing their support,” said Ellis.

The Storm bid includes a £400,000 investment in a three-year education programme dubbed ‘Stormin’ the Classroom’, which would aim to establish bands and music in schools and colleges, employing specific music teachers to nurture rock talent.

Bids are to be submitted in July, and the Radio Authority will grant the licence later this year. If successful, Ellis said The Storm would be on air by next summer.

Emails or letters of support for the bid should send be sent to The

Chairman, FM105.2 The Storm, PO Box 25241, G2 5XS or:

[url=]glasgow@stormradio.co.uk.